Known as the city’s most photographed building, the Souk is a shopping mall in Sharjah with tremendous architectural detail. The mall is composed of six buildings that hold over 600 shops. The Central Market, also known as the Blue Souk, is the main building that sells a wide variety of goods, such as electronics, artifacts, and clothing. Whether tourists purchase items here or not, it is always worth a gander!
Located in the hustling and bustling area of Al Qanat Qasba, the Eye of the Emirates Wheel is quite a popular attraction. The UAE’s answer to the famous London Eye, this large Ferris wheel provides fantastic views of the city and the coast, which can be seen spreading out in an array of high-rises and shimmering white builds as it meets the scintillating waters of the Persian Gulf.
From morning to evening, the Al Majaz waterfront is the perfect place to spend a day with the family. The waterfront has a wide variety of attractions for members of all age groups. For the young ones, there are parks, play areas, mini golf, and more, while the adults can relax at the restaurants in the area or take a jog around the perimeter.
The Sharjah Heritage Area is a blast from the past. It is a combination of several museums that encompass different aspects of the region’s culture. These museums are: the Sharjah Heritage Museum, Al Hisn Sharjah, Al Midfaa House, and Hisn Fort. In the middle, there can be found Souk Al Arsah, which is a large courtyard that contains various small stalls and shops that sell handmade goods.
Sharjah Heritage Area, Al Mareija, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, +971 6 568 000
Since Sharjah is part of the desert region, it boasts a truly unique array of wildlife, all of which can be spotted at the Arabian Wildlife Center. The center is split into three areas: mammals, reptiles and insects. This center is more than just a zoo; it was created in order to help repopulate certain species with its breeding program and educate visitors on the dangers of extinction and endangerment.
This famous gallery is located in the center of Al Qanat Qasba, where the Eye of Emirates stands. The Maraya was curated by Giuseppe Moscatello, an Italian artist who designated three floors of exhibitions, presenting a wide variety of multimedia artwork. On the website, there is a calendar of the varying themed exhibitions that are now hosted there throughout the year.
Maraya Art Center, Block B, Al Qasba, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, +971 6 55 66 555
Just a short drive away from Sharjah proper, Kalba is a small fishing village located on the seashore. The three main attractions in this quaint, little town are the Al Hisn Museum, the House of Sheikh Saeed bin Hamad Al-Qassimi, and the Khor Kalba Conservation Reserve, which is dubbed a “bird watcher’s paradise”.
The Heart of Sharjah was a project started in effort to preserve and discover the historical culture of the city and neighboring region. This project is still under construction and is aimed to be completed in 2025, but is still worth stopping by to see what amazing things are in store a decade from now. This is not just a handful of museums; instead, it is the revival of the past into something more modern.
Heart of Sharjah, Al Mareija, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, +971 6 544 8847
By Kalpana Satish